2018 Symposium Niagara Falls


March 24th-30th 2018

The 24th Annual Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators Symposium and Workshops will be hosted by three facilities this year, The Buffalo Zoo, The Aquarium of Niagara, and Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. The Symposium will be held in Niagara, New York.

Registration will include access to all workshops, lectures, hot breakfast and lunch Monday- Wednesday, two evening events with appetizers and the Wednesday Certification Banquet.


The Hosting Facilities

Hosting facilities will include:

The Hotel

This years hotel is the Sheraton on the Falls. A discounted rate of $112/night is available from this day to this day.

Overflow Hotels


The Airport

The local airport will be the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).


AALSO will provide hourly shuttles from BUF to the Sheraton Saturday evening from 3:00 - 8:00pm. Sunday shuttles will depart BUF hourly from 9:00am- 2:00pm and transport attendees straight to the facility tours. Everyone can leave their luggage on the bus and will find it waiting for them at the hotel. Shuttles will pick up attendees from the zoo and take them to Sheraton at 9:45, 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 and 3:45. If your travel plans do not match up with the provided shuttles, BUF has many options including SuperShuttle.

The Agenda

  • Complete Agenda
  • Facility Map

This year's agenda will include topics such as:

        • Dirty Laundry
        • Water Quality
        • Dive Support
        • Symposium Theme
        • And many more topics!


Once again we will offer an assortment of hands on workshops this year. Visit the Workshop Abstracts link above for all the details on this year's great workshops! Workshop registration will open the week of 2017!

A complete circulating system will run through ~ 4,000 square feet of workshop floor and will be the centerpiece of the workshops. Attendees will be able to work on several different components such as actuators, probes, flow meters, sensors, heat exchangers, pumps and many others all while the system is operational. Our water quality series will be able to actively sample water from this system and attendees will learn how to perform various water analysis.

We received a lot of great feedback in the workshop surveys and wish to thank all who took the time to provide us with input. One of the common suggestions that emanated from those surveys was the desire to indicate if the particular class was geared towards a beginner, intermediate or advanced level.


        • AALSO Levels 1-3 Certification
        • ASME B 31.3 Certification
        • OSHA Certification
        • NSPF Certified Pool Operator Certification- pending class size restrictions*
        • NSPF Aquatic Risk Management- pending class size restrictions *

* additional fee applies (contact secretary@aalso.org for more information)

For workshop related questions: workshops@aalso.org

For agenda related questions: agenda@aalso.org

The Future


The Past

Past symposia...

Feedback from this year:

                    • "I left feeling invigorated about the state of the industry and felt good knowing there are so many intelligent passionate people out there working on a lot of the same problems who are so willing to share their knowledge and experiences."
                    • "The last time I attended AALSO was 6 years ago. I decided to give it another try this year and I noticed that AALSO has made remarkable improvements... Keep up the good work and I plan on coming back."
                    • "Seeing others' operation and talking to other professionals in their environment makes me proud to be one myself."
                    • "Workshops are great because they go beyond the vendor booths by providing additional and specific hands on time with the equipment and the vendors who make them."
                    • "One of the reasons I joined AALSO to start with was to hear how other operators deal with problems and challenges because all life support systems have issues."


  • Past Symposia

Agendas, abstracts, and presentations from symposia past. Find More »

  • Application To Host

AALSO wants your facility to host upcoming symposia. Show off your innovative systems and exhibits your animals call home. Learn More »